|JCPRD Children's Services Department Conducting Halloween-Themed Canned Goods Drive Through Oct. 30|
On Halloween they will be going door to door, escorted by staff, into the neighborhoods around their schools to solicit donations for area food pantries. These kids want to do something to stop hunger.
Assistance from the general public is also sought as collections boxes will be placed at two park office locations from Oct. 26 through 30. Those sites are: Building A, Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch, Merriam; and the JCPRD Administrative Offices at Shawnee Mission Park, 7904 Renner Road, Shawnee. According to the Harvesters Community Food Network, the most-needed food items are: canned soup, vegetables, fruit, and meats, boxed meals, peanut butter and jelly and hot and cold cereal.
Afterschool sites in the Shawnee Mission School District will be donating their collections to Feed the Need. Afterschool sites in the Gardner and De Soto school districts will be donating their canned goods to their respective local food pantries, which are both in dire need of contributions.
Last year, the children conducted a similar project and were able to collect over 6,800 goods in a one-hour period. The Children’s Services Department hopes to collect even more this year. With public contributions, these kids can make a big impact on our community!
For more information, contact Gardner Childrens Services Specialist Lisa Hughes at (913) 856-2493.